Many Lakota District students losing rides to/from school

by Corey Stark - email | bio

WEST CHESTER, OH (FOX19) - A number of of parents are going to have to figure out how their child will get to and from school starting in January. The Lakota School District started preparing to make reductions in August in case the levy failed.

When voters voted no Nov. 2, the reductions became a reality. Monday, the district announced over 9,000 kindergarten through eighth graders living with in two miles of school will lose their bus transportation.

Also, transportation for all high school students will be eliminated.

Parents will have to start figuring out alternate transportation soon, as the changes will go into effect on Jan. 18. Officials say the reductions will save the district about $3.5 million over the next three semesters.

"We understand that this is going to be a terrible inconvenience not only for parents, but our entire community," said Laura Kursman, district spokeswoman.  "There are going to be a lot more cars on the road especially at peek drive times. We understand that this is not going to be an easy thing to do."

"It's going to be really problematic for us as a family," said Marcia Daugherty, who has a student in the district. "I work in downtown Cincinnati until almost five o'clock. And I don't know what my son is going to do to get home."

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